Top 10 countries for LEED in 2015 (USGBC Press Release)

There are LEED projects in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except for Antarctica. LEED is being used in highly industrialized nations and newly developing ones, and LEED is helping to demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy.

To recognize the countries that are doing the most to catapult green building forward, USGBC has announced its Top 10 Countries for LEED (view the press release), which looks at gross square meters of LEED-certified space around the globe. All of these countries have done an extraordinary job promoting LEED and making sustainable solutions a priority; discover the Top 10 Countries for LEED in our infographic below.
This is a historic moment

The Top 10 Countries for LEED demonstrates that green building is a huge piece of the climate change puzzle, with the world’s largest countries and greenhouse gas emitters featuring prominently on the list. Buildings contribute at least 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions globally, and they also represent an outsized source of demand for the world’s potable water and electricity usage.

China, India and Brazil—three of the emerging economic giants of the new century—are all ranked in the top five of this year’s list, and this is significant because it is these very same countries that the world is asking to help chart a new path forward. All told, the countries that make up this year’s Top 10 Countries for LEED represent seven of the world’s 20 largest single nation economies (China, Germany, Brazil, India, Canada, South Korea and Turkey), and six of the top 11 largest emitters of greenhouse gases (China, India, Germany, South Korea, Canada and Brazil). 

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EDGE Green Building Certification System

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), launched the EDGE green building certification system in India to jumpstart the mainstreaming of resource-efficient buildings across the country in a fast, simple and affordable way.

An innovation of IFC, EDGE is a certification system for new residential and commercial buildings that enables design teams and project owners to assess the most cost-effective ways to incorporate energy and water saving options in their buildings.

“By helping project teams implement financially attractive measures, EDGE will help push the new construction market in India forward,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president of GBCI and chief operating officer of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “What’s more, strategies applied in EDGE can later be leveraged and upgraded to more comprehensive green building practices. The market transformation of the global built environment will require widespread participation and cooperation. Certification programs such as EDGE are critical in order to achieve this success.”

GBCI, the world’s premiere green building credentialing body, also certifies project and accredits professionals under USGBC’s fifteen year-old Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building program, along with several other standards all within the sustainability and built environment arena including the WELL Building Standard, the PEER standard for power systems and SITES for sustainable landscapes.

GBCI was selected by IFC to administer and certify EDGE projects in India because of the traction GBCI has gained globally in the certification and credentialing for sustainability standards. Daily, GBCI certifies 1.85 million square feet of construction space.“ As the leader in the green building certification space, GBCI has the greatest potential to convince the Indian market to build resource-efficient buildings at scale through EDGE,” said Prashant Kapoor, IFC’s Principal Green Building Specialist. “GBCI’s willingness to take on this enormous challenge is a breakthrough in IFC’s ambition to promote green building growth in emerging markets in order to help tackle climate change.”

“GBCI’s overarching mission is to transform the built environment,” added Ramanujam. “EDGE allows us to broaden our scope and affect market transformation on an even greater scale. By also certifying EDGE buildings at the entry level spectrum, we are furthering the education of the market when it comes to sustainable and efficient construction practices.”

EDGE empowers builders to choose technical solutions while capturing costs and projected operational savings. The drivers behind EDGE are financial but the results are environmental—EDGE helps mitigate climate change by encouraging resource-efficient development.

To reach the EDGE minimum standard, a building must achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy and water consumption, as well as the energy used to make the construction materials.


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